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Poll: Majority of Americans believe top Trump aides should testify

Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room
President Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room on Dec. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The Washington Post and ABC released a poll Tuesday that found 49% of those surveyed said President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and 71% think he should allow senior administration officials to testify in a likely Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The poll shows that Americans — on the eve of the full House vote on impeachment articles — remain strongly divided on impeachment after weeks of public testimony and committee hearings.

The big picture: The survey also demonstrates that Americans want to hear from White House officials who have first-hand insights into the administration's decision to halt congressionally approved military aid for Ukraine.

  • Trump wants Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials to stage a public defense of his dealing with Ukraine.

By the numbers: 49% of polled Americans said, regardless of impeachment, Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, while 39% stated Trump did not pressure Ukraine.

  • Among Democrats, 85% believe Trump should be impeached and removed, and 86% of Republicans say he should not, according to the Washington Post.
  • Independents are deeply split on impeachment, with 47% favoring it and 46% opposed.

Yes, but: Only 62% of those polled said they are closely following the impeachment developments.

Methodology:

This poll was conducted by telephone from Dec. 10-15 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, 70% of whom were reached on cellphones and 30% on landlines. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

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